SharePoint Online

Error when changing the Locale settings in SharePoint Online

Today, when I tried to change the locale settings for my public facing website, I received the following error.

The column “Site Element Id” in the list or library “Site Elements” has been marked for indexing

01 - Error message

To work around this, just do as you’re told.

Open settings for the Site Elements list. Open the Site Elements Id column, set “Enforce unique values” to No, and click OK.

Back on the settings page, click Indexed columns, then click Site Elements Id, and then click Delete.

Go back to Regional Settings under Site Settings, and try to change the Locale settings again. This time it should work.

Remember to reconfigure the indexed column, and set “Enforce unique values” to Yes on the Site Element Id column.

Change the style for your Office 365 site

This is quite fun, and it really shows the power of theming in SharePoint. Sense I’m no CSS and HTML guru anymore, I’m just going to personalize one of the themes that comes with SharePoint Online.

Simply begin by clicking the gear in the upper left corner, and select Change the look.

01 - Open Site Settings

The Change the look page has many themes you can spin off from. My personal favorite is the Ink theme. I also like the grey color, and the Tokyo layout is just great. When you are done editing, just hit Try it out.

02 - Customize the theme

If you then like what you see, press Yes, keep it. If your eyes are in pain, hit No, not quite there, and try over again.
Well, then you are done. Press Home, and refresh your browser if something looks wrong.

Create your own Office 365 hosted blog

Open your public facing SharePoint Online website. It should be something like
By default, your public facing website is showing you something like this
20131105 - 01 - Default public facing website
First of all, we should do something about those directions and contact pages. Just delete the pages that you do not want. For me, Contact us and Direction has no interest, as they don’t have much to do with blogging. Go to the page, press the PAGE butting, and then Delete Page. Confirm, and you are done.

20131105 - 02 - Delete unwanted pages

The Abous us, page is going to become the About me page. Nice, huh?

Open About us, click PAGE, then Edit Properties, and change Name to About-me and Title to About me. Keep the rest as demo data, and click Save. Finally click EDIT LINKS and rename the link to About me. You could also move the Blog link to the left. It’s more logical I think. Press Save.

20131105 - 03 - Change the menu

Now, we are going to change the default home page to the blog post roll. Open Site Settings, go to Look and Feel and press Welcome Page.
On the Welcome Page, press Browse…, select Blog.aspx, and press Insert, and then OK

20131105 - 04 - Change the default page

You do not need the default page anymore, so you can now go to Site Contents and delete it if you like.
As the final task for now, we are going to change the Website title, and optionally the logo. Standing in your home page, klikk SITE, and Edit Title. Type something catching, and click OK

20131105 - 05 - Changing the site title

And now, you got your own Office 365 blog. In the nest blog post, I’m going through the process of styling the blog. Stay tuned 

How to reset your public website in Office 365

This post describes how to recreate your public website. This is probably only necessary then you have created it in work language. You will always get a default homepage when you’re done.

First of all, open your SharePoint Admin Center, select the public facing website, and delete it.

01 - Delete the public facing website

Wait a few seconds, refresh your browser, and then press New à Public Website

02 - New Public Website button

Then fill the form with some logical information, and simply press OK.

03 - Fill the form

If you receive a warning saying that you have this site in your Recycle bin, just check the box, and confirm the deletion. This is, if you are really sure that you don’t need anything from the old site.